Native Imagery

America was a gift to the world, but freedom came at a high price to Native Americans.  That is America’s sin and therefore its victory over this land is no victory.  We have tried to be good but we have failed.

Let’s talk about the Bible for a bit.  I have some statistics for you and in a couple of ways I want to show you how the Bible is a unique book.  Then I will tell you what the Bible says about itself and include commentary and famous quotes.

The statistics I have are there are:

66 books

40 authors wrote the Bible

1,189 chapters

783,000+ words

The middle chapter is Psalm118

And the middle verse is Psalm118:8

A funny thing happened with this middle chapter- the shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm117 and the longest chapter is Psalm119.

The middle verse states some wisdom for man: ‘Better to trust in God than to have confidence in man.’

The Bible is also a very unique book.  Suppose you find 10 people with the same income, with the same education, from the same time period and from about the same place.  All this saying they are somewhat alike.  You get them all together and you ask them to write about the same (one) subject.  Chances are you probably couldn’t get them to agree on this subject.

But to show how unique the Bible is in continuity:  God chose 40 authors, who wrote over 1500 years, from all different walks of life; they wrote in three languages on 100’s of controversial subjects all with harmony and agreement.  They agreed on God’s goodness and God’s will among other things.  This was some kind of miracle, a task that only GOD could do.

The Bible is unique in its wide circulation so that by 1930 there were over 1 B Bibles in print.  When the printing press was invented, in about 1450 AD publishers really got going and were able to print large quantities of books.  The Bible was the first one.  By the year 1977 the Bible Societies alone were printing over 200 M Bibles per year.  That does not include other publishers that were trying to make money on their works.  No one interested in truth can ignore this important book.  Many people felt strongly about it and thought that everybody should have one.  So again about this year 168,000 Bibles were being sold or given away every day.

The Bible says it is the word of God- His communication to Humanity.  The word ‘God’ appears 3,358 times in the Old Testament.  ‘Lord’ appears 7,736 in the Old Testament (OT).  ‘The Lord Spoke” was written 560 times in the Pentateuch or first five books of OT, 3800 times in the whole OT.  Isaiah must have thought that he got his words directly from God because he said so 40 times in the book of Isaiah.  60 times it was said in Ezekiel and 100 times in Jeremiah.  These are the Major Prophets.

Patrick Henry said:  ‘Here is a book worth more than all the other books which were ever printed.

‘The more profoundly we study this wonderful book and the more closely we observe its divine precepts the better citizens we will become and the higher our destiny will be as a nation.’     William McKinley     He said this I think in the early 1900’s.  Wasn’t he assassinated back then?

We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning the place where the Bible has occupied, in shaping advances of the Republic.’ FDR     So you can see that the Bible was still respected in the 30’s and 40’s so that it hasn’t been very long that people have been trying to live without it.

The Bible is a very important book.  We need a written record of God’s words and actions to solve problems and problems in doctrine.  Some of the presidents used it for that, with problems of law and government.  It will help us continue to grow and grow up to have the strongest character we can have.  Be into the healthiest things possible and to be prosperous, not at the expense of other peoples.

We have been allowing peoples and ideas into our country to the point it is about to fall apart.  It is possible in Christ to live the life set down in the passages of the Bible.  We have been doing it for 2000 years but only in the past 50 years have we gone off in a different direction and everybody has gotten lost.  In the past we have braved a lot of trials and we have come through them and been free.  We are God’s gift to the world for freedom.   Now we are going each in his own direction again like in the Book of Judges in the Bible because we do not have belief in God and His Word.  We were united for so long.  But now it is time to refocus on the Bible.



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